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Opinion: To advance sustainable stewardship, we must document not only biodiversity but geodiversity

Schrodt, Franziska, Bailey, Joseph J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9526-7095, Rijsdijk, Kenneth F., Kissling, W. Daniel, Seijmonsbergen, Arie C., Van Ree, Derk, Hjort, Jan, Lawley, Russell S., Williams, Christopher N., Anderson, Mark G., Beier, Paul, Van Beukering, Pieter, Boyd, Doreen S., Brilha, Jose, Carcavilla, Luis, Dahlin, Kyla M,, Gill, Joel C,., Gordon, John E., Gray, Murray, Grundy, Mike, Hunter, Malcolm M., Lawler, Joshua J., Monge-Ganuzas, Manu, Royse, Katherine R., Stewart, Iain, Record, Sydne, Turner, Woody, Zarnetske, Phoebe L. and Field, Richard (2019) Opinion: To advance sustainable stewardship, we must document not only biodiversity but geodiversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS, USA), 116 (33). pp. 16155-16158.

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Rapid environmental change is driving the need for complex and comprehensive scientific information that supports policies aimed at managing natural resources through international treaties, platforms, and networks. One successful approach for delivering such information has been the development of essential variables for climate (1), oceans (2), biodiversity (3), and sustainable development goals (4) (ECVs, EOVs, EBVs, and ESDGVs, respectively). These efforts have improved consensus on terminology and identified essential sets of measurements for characterizing and monitoring changes on our planet. In doing so, they have advanced science and informed policy. As an important but largely unanticipated consequence, conceptualizing these variables has also given rise to discussions regarding data discovery, data access, and governance of research infrastructures. Such discussions are vital to ensure effective storage, distribution, and use of data among management agencies, researchers, and policymakers (5, 6).

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1911799116
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QE Geology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3999

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